At the New stage of the Vakhtangov theatre took place the press conference devoted to the tours, the oldest Israeli national theatre “Habima”. As it turned out, the arrival of the team on a visit to the theatre is not accidental: one hundred years ago, the theater-Studio “Habima” was due to the Director Naum Camacho with the assistance of Konstantin Stanislavsky at the Moscow art theatre and the first artistic Director of “Habima” (which was called the Bible Art Studio) was Yevgeny Vakhtangov. So the current tour in the centenary year of the theatre’s symbolic return to origins, to the first principle.


Opened the press conference with a brief dive into the history of the Habima theatre.

So, for example, the assistant artistic Director of the Vakhtangov Theatre Dmitry Trubotchkin told the audience about the tiny jubilee, which few people know: when in 1918 Yevgeny Vakhtangov staged the famous play “Rosmersholm”, he went on stage in the role of the Jewish sage Brendale, replacing diseased Leonidov, appointed to this role. Since then, it took a hundred years, and “Habima” went to town “to the theatre”, with whom they have much in common.

Artistic Director of the Theater. Vahtangova Rimas Tuminas, welcomed the participants and stressed once again the deep internal communication of the Habima theatre and the Vakhtangov rooted in the past.

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In addition Tuminas said the uniqueness of the event – tour timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the theatre and the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel. “Just think: the state 70 and 100 theatre! Although we are too far from you, in three years will celebrate a century” – said Rimas Putin.

And extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the State Israel in Russia Harry Koren has admitted that he hopes that each new performance of “Habima” is shown not only in Israel, but on the stage of the Vakhtangov – this can be a new type of creative relationship. In turn, the Director of the theater “Habima” Odelia Friedman noted that this new stage of development of relations between Russia and Israel, between the two interested in each other cultures.

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The audience said that the hallmark of Habima theatre was the play “Gadibuk” playwright An-sky (directed by Yevgeny Vakhtangov). It was the only performance traveled almost all over the world: the tour was held in Germany, Latvia, Poland, France and even USA. In Russia the play was played about 300 times, it was performed in its original form for more than 40 years after the premiere and went down in theatre history. Important information for the audience was the fact that since the founding of the theater in Moscow all productions of the “Habima” played in Hebrew.

In this regard, the President of the Russian Jewish Congress Yuri Kanner told that Hebrew is fundamental to theatre.

— In the Soviet Union, Yiddish was considered the correct proletarian language, and Hebrew was granted as language of the bourgeois nationalists – he told.

Tour this year is no exception and will be held in Hebrew with Russian subtitles.

Speaking about statistics, a century of theatre “Habima” has played over 2000 performances in different cities, among which Moscow and St. Petersburg. This time the theater will show the Moscow audience two performances of “Road signs” and “the straight story”.

And in October of 2018, the Vakhtangov Theatre will visit with a return visit

Israel, with performances of “Masquerade” (dir. Rimas Tuminas) and “Medea” (dir. M. Tsitriniak).